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Subject: Re: Rich Diana

Old Lion (Robert Smith)
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Date Posted: 08:37:07 12/23/21 Thu
In reply to: Bengal 's message, "Rich Diana" on 17:03:15 12/22/21 Wed

Great Ohio State and later Viking RB. Wanted to be a pre-med at Ohio State. Coaches said no. As I recall he quit football at Ohio State. He was so talented,however, that he became an all pro for the Vikings. I do not believe he ever went to MRD school. On the other hand the great Archie Roberts went to med school while he was a Browns sub. Archie went on to a great career in medicine.

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Date Posted: 08:52:28 12/23/21 Thu

I believe that Smith, like so many pro players, never formally graduated from college. He worked for espn and I imagine the money and lifestyle was good enough that he lost interest in finishing up, much less taking on the med school load.

But as you say, a very smart guy.

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Date Posted: 09:07:15 12/23/21 Thu

Quite the story:


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Date Posted: 09:54:20 12/23/21 Thu

He no longer appears on national television but, for many years, Robert Smith was a studio analyst and color commentator for ESPN. Even in those football-centric roles, you could easily tell from the way he composed his thoughts and expressed them that he was a man of deep and serious thinking. I remember -- and this is now several years ago -- here's a man of substance.

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